When undergoing a breast reduction

Written by: Dr. Julio Puig
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Breast reduction gives the patient some smaller breasts and provided to your body. However, it is important to evaluate each case for the surgery to be successful.

Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the breasts by removing fat, skin and breast tissue, smaller, lighter and stronger making. In addition, you can reduce the size of the areola. Women with large breasts may have some problems due to excess weight, such as back pain and neck pain, skin irritations under the breast and respiratory problems. The purpose of the breast reduction is providing women with a smaller and a more proportional to the rest of your body shape breasts.


Who can undergo breast reduction

Breast reduction is usually performed to relieve a physical problem, rather than for purely aesthetic reasons. As experts say in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive , many women who undergo this procedure are concerned about the excessive volume of their breasts, which interferes with many activities and cause physical discomfort. In most cases it waits until it is fully developed, but may be performed earlier if the physical problems are very important. This procedure is not recommended for women who intend to breastfeed after pregnancy.


Planning breast reduction surgery

During the first consultation the size and shape of the breast, skin firmness and overall health is evaluated. He also perform a breast exam and, in some cases, be asked mammography. It shall also explain to the patient the different surgical techniques, will discuss the size and shape that will take her breasts and the options or combination of procedures that are best for her.Moreover, the patient must present their expectations of honest and straightforward manner, so that the plastic surgeon is also open and show you the alternatives available to your problem, with the risks and limitations of each. The patient must have a smoker or if you take any medication or vitamin, number of previous pregnancies and if you think back to become pregnant or breastfeeding.


The breast reduction surgery and anesthesia

The breast reduction surgery is performed in an operating room in a hospital. Income is generally required, turning the usually discharged home the next day. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.Surgical time in a breast reduction is usually about two hours approximately. There are several techniques but, usually, the incisions are shaped anchor, standing around the areola, in a vertical line down from the areola and a horizontal line in the groove underneath the breast. Through these incisions excess skin, fat and breast tissue is removed and the nipple and areola into their new position is relocated; in some cases it can be associated liposuction.


In postoperative breast reduction surgery

After breast surgery is normal to be a little tired some days, but the patient can do almost normal life at 24-48 hours. Most discomfort is well controlled with medication prescribed by your plastic surgeon. The bandage or dressing will be removed in a few days, being replaced by a special bra, to be carried for a period between 4 and 6 weeks. After surgery, the patient can return to work within 1 to 2 weeks, though in a few days can make life almost normal. However, it should limit strenuous physical activity for a few weeks until he recovers from the operation.


Results breast reduction

After a breast reduction will spend a few months until they acquire the final appearance; Even so, the breasts change to normal hormonal stimuli, pregnancy or weight changes. The patient may need some time to get used to your new body image. If your expectations are realistic, the patient will be very satisfied with the result.


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By Dr. Julio Puig
Plastic surgery

Dr. Julio Puig is a renowned Plastic Surgeon who has more than 25 years of experience in the profession, working in centers of medical excellence in Spain and the United States. Among his many achievements, he is the founder and director of the Domiciliary Hospitalization Unit of the La Fe University Hospital in Valencia from 1989 to 1991. He is a specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery by opposition MIR at the Hospital de Bellvitge de Barcelona. The doctor has been Head of the Plastic Surgery Unit of the Pilar Clinic of Barcelona for 15 years and currently works as a Plastic Surgeon in the VITHAS-NISA Hospital 9 de Octubre de Valencia.

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